More Crap Pours out of Bobby Kotick's Mouth (Activision CEO's Latest Stunts). 9 replies

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Nittany Tiger Forum Mod

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#1 8 years ago

Time to update everyone about what everyone's favorite person in the gaming industry has said now.

First, He wanted to take game cutscenes out of games, bundle them, and them sell them at $20 - $30 a pop.

News: Bobby Kotick wants to sell you in-game movies - ComputerAndVideoGames.com

My guess is unlike film studios that are really stuck with a model that goes through theatrical distribution and takes a signification amount of the profit away, if we were to go to an audience and say 'We have this great hour and a half of linear video that we'd like to make available to you at a $20 or $30 price point,' you'd have the biggest opening weekend of any film ever.

"Within the next five years, you are likely to see us do that. It might be in a partnership with somebody or alone, but there will be a time where we'll capitalize on the relationship we have with our audience; deliver them something that is really extraordinary and let them consume it directly through us instead of theatrical distribution.

"If we were to deliver a film digitally this way, I'd say an extremely high percentage would then go to the theatre and watch it again."

Next, he decides to apparently bash every (indie) studio except for Bungie, who as you know signed a special publishing deal with Activision.

News: Bobby Kotick wants to sell you in-game movies - ComputerAndVideoGames.com

"Bungie are a very unusual company," Kotick told the America Merrill Lynch Media, Comms and Entertainment conference.

"They're probably the last remaining high quality independent developer. It's very hard to [pauses]... that has sort of has institutional skills and capabilities. And they're a real company.

"When they started the process of looking for a new partner, they'd been in business with Microsoft. They had a vision for a product they wanted to create that needed certain skills and capabilities - that Microsoft had some of.

"But as they started to go and look at the obvious candidates, they realised that no company other than Activision had the skills that they needed to be successful for the vision of that product. These are things that you never would have envisioned five years ago.

"Blizzard had 2,500 people in customer service and support just for World Of Warcraft. How you train them, how you manage them, how you organise them... how you use CRM tools in delighting and satisfying the expectations of your audiences.. it's something no other company [Bungie] talked to [could offer]."

I'd say that I've had it with this guy for openingly bashing other studios especially since there is word that Activison wanted to start and indie game contest.

I really wish someone would punch this guy in the face. He deserves it. No-one in the gaming industry is a cruel as this guy.




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#2 8 years ago

I have to say that's the worst idea i've ever heard. The cutscenes are what tell most of the games story a lot of the time, cutting them out would just leave you with a few pointless levels or missions with no real reason behind them.

That picture of him on that site pisses me off as well.




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#3 8 years ago

Lols. What a clown.




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#4 8 years ago

*The.Doctor;5398082I have to say that's the worst idea i've ever heard. The cutscenes are what tell most of the games story a lot of the time, cutting them out would just leave you with a few pointless levels or missions with no real reason behind them.

That picture of him on that site pisses me off as well.

He didn't want to take them out of the games and publish the games w/o the cutscenes. Instead, he wanted to sell cutscene-only bundles.




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#5 8 years ago
Killer Kyle;5398144He didn't want to take them out of the games and publish the games w/o the cutscenes. Instead, he wanted to sell cutscene-only bundles.

Cutscene-only bundles? for 20-30? I can get normal DVD/VCD outside for possibly half to 2/3 of that price.... (Well, non-new movies that is...)




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#6 8 years ago

I knew about Activision's ridiculous actions, but I have never heard of this man... and I wish I hadn't.

This guy is a douchebag and probably doesn't give a flying shit about its customers. In fact, Geeks.co.uk had a headline about him, "Activision's Bobby Kotick hates developers, innovation, cheap games, and you"

Even the guy himself looks like a raging pedophile.

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#7 8 years ago
Killer Kyle;5398144He didn't want to take them out of the games and publish the games w/o the cutscenes. Instead, he wanted to sell cutscene-only bundles.

Ah, i read it wrong then. Still, that's pretty stupid as anybody who has played the game is going to have already seen them and have no need to buy them again. They wouldn't even flow together right unless they planned on adding more scenes in or something.




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#8 8 years ago

Ok. Now he just said something...different.

The Escapist : News : Bobby Kotick Says California Law is "Beyond Absurd"

"Our First Amendment has survived intact for 219 years amid far greater technological, historical and social challenges," Kotick said. "The argument that videogames present some kind of new ominous threat that requires a wholesale reassessment of one of our nation's most treasured freedoms and to take that freedom away indiscriminately from an entire group of our population based on nothing but age is beyond absurd. These are the same attacks Americans have witnessed against every previous emerging entertainment medium and genre including books, comics, rock 'roll, movies, TV and the Internet. In each case, freedom prevailed."

"Instead of tampering with the nation's Constitution and wasting taxpayers' money on setting forth unenforceable regulations during budgetary crisis, California could and should have adopted any number of measures and campaigns designed to ensure even higher rates of parental understanding of, and reliance on, the industry regulation system," he said.

"Some proponents say they want to act on behalf of parents when all this law will do is swap a self-regulatory program the federal government itself has shown is extremely successful with a taxpayer-funded bureaucracy the state can't afford and attempt to enforce rules that are vague and impossible to comprehend," added George Rose, Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer of Activision Blizzard. "At a time when our schools are out of money, child care centers are closing and health clinics are unfunded, how is that exercise of common sense?"

This is in response to the California law banning video game sales to minors.

Furthermore, the company has joined a coalition against the ban.

Activision has filed an independent amicus brief with the Supreme Court in opposition of California's proposed law, joining a coalition of opponents that includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom to Read Foundation, the Writers Guild of America and many other groups.

I know he's in it for the money, though. Still, maybe someone knocked some sense into him with a baseball bat. Doubt it, but it's a possibility.




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#9 8 years ago

better his mouth then mine...




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#10 8 years ago

The last game I played had no more than about ten minutes of cutscenes, and most of it was the epilogue. Good luck trying to sell a collection of disjointed scenes with 1/15th the content of a movie, for potentially twice the price. I'd like to watch him try it just for the lulz.